We create change in individuals, families, and communities by providing education, employment and leadership development.
Fifty years ago, Metro began by providing community-based supportive services, emergency food banks, and clothing closets. Today, we have expanded our reach by addressing three main areas of need in order to eradicate the cycle of poverty. These three areas are: education, and employment assistance, and leadership development.
Metro has more than 20 combined years of experience operating youthful offender programs and programs that target populations of low-income, disadvantaged, and at-risk young people.
We help at-risk children and youth affected by incarceration, juvenile justice, and other risk factors by matching them with positive adult role models and mentors.
We also offer mentoring services to adults recently released or affected by incarceration through individual and group sessions.
Metro provides job search and placement assistance to recently released ex-offenders as well as other community members. We do this by partnering with local employers and career centers.
Recently, Metro provided job training and educational opportunities to high-risk youth through the use of crew-based community service teams. Service activities include community gardens at local schools, community beautification projects, clean urban canals and urban tree planting projects.
As a result, Metro has helped hundreds of target area youth to become more employable, while protecting the country’s natural environment.
Leadership development is key to future success. Many youth aren’t trained in leadership skills and struggle with holding down a job. In all of our programs, Metro applies the principles of Transformational Leadership — a four-phase leadership development model.
An transformational leader identifies the needed change, creates a vision to guide the change through inspiration, and executes the change with the commitment of the members of the group.